Found this 1981 CJ5 a fews days ago and I'm 99% commited to buying it. Here's what I know about the Jeep. 1981 Renegade CJ5, 258 engine, 4 speed manual tranny. No rust, everything works, from trouble light under the hood to all dash lights, cigarette lighter and gas guage. It is missing the original clock on the dash and a speaker is out on the original radio. Glass is perfect, great factory paint, no rust under carpet either. Original rims, larger than factory 31" tires, no lift and it is about as stock as I've seen em. Has all new seats and the fender seats/cushions (which I've never personally seen before until now). It comes with a blue soft top that is also in excellent condition (I have not seen). Jeep runs amazing, took it out on the highway and she runs like new, no leaks, no slop, everythink is super tight, gears, steering, suspension. It has 69K original miles and He is asking $5,000.00. I shot him an offer and he told me he'd take $4,500.00 cash. It is however missing the spare tire, and mounting hardware on the back, but that is it.
Fires right up and runs like a top...What do you guys think?
I just paid $4800 for one thats eight years older. I had to put $1000 in it in fluids, bearings, seals just to get it roadworthy. I still need wheels, tires and exhaust. You would be foolish not to get it.
Different parts of the country seem to have vastly different market prices for jeeps. I noticed the home made Warn 8274 winch mount on the front. I just picked up a winch and was looking at buying a new mount. If you are interested in turning that one after you make the purchase please PM me.
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buy a jeep with most of the jeep allready removed!. all original simply means you will replace it all with parts that work. for $5k find a jeep with a fuel inj chevy, different differentials,trans,transfer case. you will be so much happier in the long run. ill probably get flogged for this opinion
I would jump all over that jeep if I were you. It looks very good. Yes you are gonna put money in it afterward. But you would do the same if you bought a brand new one. Don't let people talk you out of a jeep with a carb. Good lord carbs were around for a lot longer than fuel injected has been. I honestly never had a carbed vehicle that gave me any problems. Not to mention, I hear that if you have a fuel injecter problem that can really get expensive. Anyhow I think $4500 is a great price for that jeep from what I see and what you've listed about it.
Amazingly clean for a Wasilla CJ! Seems like most of them I saw when I worked up your way were beat into the ground or majorly modded. That looks like a clean, simple and functional setup for running the trails in your neck of the woods. That would be a lot of fun on Big lLke after the freeze over!
Nice but may not be all OEM, my 81 cj5 has lap belts, still
Missing gauge from dash, (clock?) Is that a lerado dash?
About an 89(?) steering wheel
I would jump on it, it is the same colour as mine, only this one is nicer!
Looks like a good value ... still, poke your head underneath to check out the frame condition before handing over the cash. I wouldn't expect to find problems with the way the Jeep presents itself from the topside, but it would be worth checking.